Explain the advantages and disadvantages of mixed cropping.
Advantages of mixed cropping:
(i) The risk of total crop failure due to uncertain monsoon is reduced.
(ii) Chances of pest infestation are greatly reduced.
(iii) Fertility of the soil is improved by growing two crops simultaneously.
Disadvantages of mixed cropping:
(i) Seeds of two crops are mixed before sowing and there is no definite pattern for sowing the seeds.
(ii) Products of different crops are harvested, threshed, marketed and consumed in mixed form.
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